For crisper broccoli, remove it from the boiling water after three minutes. Serve with a simple green salad.
3 quarts water
1 (12-ounce) package broccoli florets
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Dash of nutmeg
1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed 30% reduced-sodium 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Bring water to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, and cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Transfer broccoli to a large bowl with a slotted spoon. Add chicken to boiling water; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until done. Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cool slightly. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, and add chicken to bowl with broccoli.
Combine evaporated milk, flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in a saucepan, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add mayonnaise, next 4 ingredients (through soup), and 1/2 cup cheese, stirring until well combined. Add mayonnaise mixture to broccoli mixture; stir gently until combined.
Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until mixture bubbles at the edges and cheese begins to brown. Remove from oven; let cool on a wire rack 5 minutes.
I think a lot of the bad reviews for this are due to the fact that people are using the wrong Sherry. The recipe doesnt call for "cooking sherry" but a dry sherry. I hear cooking sherry is already horrible.
I really liked how this turned out. I looked at the comments before hand and was a bit skeptical but still rather enjoyed it. I modified it a bit and only cut the Sherry like someone suggested and replaced it with some riesling as that was what i had at the time and enjoyed the calmer flavor it gave the dish. Even fed it to my roommate who hates mushrooms with a passion and she didnt even notice the cream of mushroom! She loved it! Ill break that news to her when the left overs are gone though...
This made a warm savory dinner for a chilly night. The secret is to use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It adds so much flavor. The sherry adds a subtle taste. Be careful not to overlook the broccoli before adding it to the casserole so it stays crisp. Our two and four year old children loved it! The taste only gets better as leftovers.
Mine turned out really soupy...if that is how it is supposed to be, then YUCK. The cream of mushroom should be replaced with something else...maybe cream of chicken. Still too soupy. Not making again and I'm on the search for a different recipe :(
This is an odd recipe, but not bad. I thought about adding a cup or two of cooked brown rice to bulk it up (way more sauce than chicken/broccoli), but in the end, decided to just serve it over the rice. If I made it again, I think I'd omit the sherry, which I think makes it taste/smell weird. Lastly, 50 minutes at 400 degrees for such a shallow casserole would have burned it. I cooked it for about 35 minutes and it was completely bubbling and brown on top.
Made this on a weeknight for my boyfriend and me. It was great. I cut the recipe in half since it's just the two of us, and that was simple to do and still came out fine. I'm adding this one to the regulars list.
This was a hit with the family (even my picky 9 year old cleaned her plate). I salted the broccoli and chicken when I removed them from the boiling water. I substituted Marsala for sherry because that is what I had on hand. As they say "winner, winner chicken dinner. "
My roommate and I love this recipe. Great to have in the fridge to heat up for dinner during the week. I use the olive oil based mayonnaise to cut down on calories/fat. I also go lighter on the sauce than the recipe calls for. We love it!
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